ETH ALIVE doctoral Fellowship

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Job Type: Permanent

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

We welcome applications to complete a doctoral training in Advanced Engineering with Living Materials (ALIVE) as part of the MaP Doctoral School (

) hosted by the ETH Zurich Competence Center for Materials and Processes (


). We offer up to

20 full-time doctoral researcher positions to start early 2022.
Job description

The ALIVE Initiative of ETH Zurich aims at elucidating and applying the design principles of living systems as a basis for sustainable, intelligent and resilient materials and technologies of the future. Our approach encompasses the study of natural systems and the development of biohybrid or biomimetic synthetic systems bridging across scales, from the nano to the macro and structural scale. ALIVE is organised in three interrelated project streams:

  • Actuated human joint organoid on chip for personalised health
  • Multiscale biohybrid tissues for robotics driven by applications in health
  • Living systems for carbon-capturing in self-aware infrastructure

Two participating professors from ETH Zurich act as co-advisors. Accordingly, doctoral students are expected to take advantage of the opportunities offered by both research groups and to actively seek cross-group collaborations. The MaP Doctoral School offers a wide range of activities like symposia, workshops and lecture series, as well as the possibility for the doctoral students to engage in organising such formats. ETH ALIVE Doctoral Fellowships are an exciting opportunity and admission is highly competitive. The fellows will be employed according to the regulations of ETH Zurich. The corresponding guidelines for doctoral education apply. Upon successfully completing the doctorate, the fellows are awarded the title "Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich)". more info about ETH Zurich doctorate

Your profile

You are enthusiastic to drive future transformations in the way Materials and Processes shape the world - sustainably, intelligently and resiliently. You must hold a Master's degree in a field relevant to at least one of the above project streams: materials science, biology & biosystems science, (bio-)engineering, robotics, architecture, computer science, or other related subjects. You must have an excellent track record and meet the general admission requirements for a doctorate at ETH Zurich . You are ready to make an impact in science and society by pushing research frontiers in areas such as:

  • functional microorganisms engineering
  • advanced manufacturing of living materials (multiscale & multimaterial)
  • tissue & systems engineering at the interface of living & non-living materials
  • data-driven bio-hybrid systems engineering
  • stem cell-derived organoid systems
  • organ-on-chip technology
  • synthetic, bio-inspired & bio-hybrid robotic systems
  • bacterial & muscle biology
  • mechanobiology
  • self-sensing & -healing infrastructure
  • microbially-mediated negative emission technologies

Good written and spoken English is essential. The MaP Doctoral School seeks to enhance diversity in the scientific workforce. Therefore, anyone with a keen interest in the above project streams and who meets our academic requirements is encouraged to apply.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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